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    27 Things You Need If You've Basically Never Done Your Makeup Correctly

    These will *literally* take your hand and show you that makeup isn't so hard β€” when done with really, really easy products.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A winged eyeliner stamp, because this'll tackle the seemingly impossible task of drawing the perfect cat eye by simply stamping on pro-level wings. Will you get all the credit? Obviously.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look. Check out how a BuzzFeed editor uses a v similar one to create the ~perfect~ cat eye!

    Promising review: "I love this stamp eyeliner. I have never been able to get my wings the way I wanted and now it's very easy to do. The tip on the eyeliner side is just the right size and you can adjust the thickness of the liner based on the pressure you use. Plus, my eyeliner stays on all day without smudging. I have had this more than two months and it still has plenty of product." β€”danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A pack of eyeshadow shields that'll act as DIY stencils for eyeliner so those of us without steady hands (πŸ‘‹) can master even lines without spending 40 minutes on trial-and-error.

    They're also great for avoiding eyeshadow fallout if you prefer doing your foundation before your eye makeup!

    Promising review: "I LOVE these! I've shared them with my friends and everyone has come to me with positive feedback. They are perfect for either protecting your cheeks/face from eye-shadow fall-out and/or offer a great stencil if you are looking to create a sharp cat eye with eyeliner or eye shadow. I was also surprised at how many pieces you get for the price. All in all, I am very happy with this purchase." β€”HMS Hoglund

    Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $14.90.

    3. A PΓΌr correcting primer in five different formulas so you can rely on a one-and-done solution to covering dark spots, redness, uneven skin tones, you name it. Open bottle, rub onto face, close the bottle. That's it.

    Each color offers different kinds of coverage! Let's break 'em down:

    Green: Neutralizes redness, reduces the appearance of pores, and even skin tone.

    Lavender: Provides long-lasting (oil-free) moisture to dehydrated skin.

    Neutral: Lengthens the wear of your foundation and concealer, and soothes inflammation with moisturizing shea butter.

    Peach: Effectively covers dark spots and uneven skin tones, and hydrates dull skin. It also provides antioxidant benefits for healthier skin!

    Pearl: Brightens dull, tired skin, minimizes pores, fine lines, and acne, lightens dark spots, and hydrates your complexion.

    Promising review: "After seeing a review with pictures I decided to give this a try. I have used other color correcting products, but was never happy with the results. My rosacea has worsened over the last couple of years and I have just accepted that my face will still look pretty red even with makeup. I don't like heavy makeup and for me, most primers and concealers just cause my makeup to feel too thick or look too heavy. This primer feels like sheer silk going on. It is surprising to me that it can seem so light but make such a difference. I don't think any makeup or correcter can give perfection, but this makes a significant difference in the redness on my face. It wears very well all day even though my skin is oily. It doesn't take much to get results, and on the really red places I can just dab a little extra. My skin is also sensitive and many products cause irritation and breakouts, but this has not. I am very happy that I gave it a try!" β€”Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $21.90+ (available in five shades).

    4. A ChapStick conditioning lip scrub for making your pucker as even as possible, therefore wishing flaky lipstick adieu. Not to mention its formula of maracuja and coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E will ensure its all ~smooth~ sailing from here.


    Promising review: "I love this stuff. It's cheap and makes my lips feel great. I use it before putting on lipstick and at bedtime." β€”victoria

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49 (available in five formulas).

    5. An Etude House brow pencil, because this is your new go-to if your brows aren't even friends (more like third cousins removed). This will fill in even thin hairs for a natural-looking yet bold finish with its double-sided design: one to precisely draw and the other to neatly brush.,

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's closer look for v convincing review photos!

    Promising review: "If you're looking to up your brow game, this will do the trick. I don't typically spend too much time applying makeup and with just a couple of strokes above and below the brow, this pencil gives the me subtle shape and color I'm looking for." β€”Liz Rush

    Get it from Amazon for $4.14+ (available in eight shades).

    6. A Sigma Beauty kabuki brush that'll work with your foundation to instantly create an airbrushed effect with just a flick of the wrist. Days of streaky and uneven makeup are BEHIND us, my friends.


    Check out even more from Birchbox for all things makeup brushes!

    Promising review: "This brush has made foundation application a breeze! No more patches or uneven areas, because it blends like a dream. I don't find shredded bristles either. This brush accomplishes what's promised and I love it!" β€”Kelly

    Get it from Birchbox for $25.

    7. A Rimmel shadow stick so your eye makeup is done in just one, two, swipe. Its *super* simple design has us rookies in mind to make smokey eyes actually achievable with just one tool.

    Promising review: "I have hooded eyes so as my hooded sisters out there know, my eyelids can get very oily. Yesterday, in a rush, I forgot to put primer on my lids. It was disgustingly hot out, and I actually cried twice. Somehow, this eyeshadow stayed on ALL DAY without budging or smudging. All that, and it still comes off very easily at the end of the day with a dab of moisturizer. The pencil itself is very pigmented, and it's very easy to dab a bit of color in the corner of your lid and spread it across with a finger or a Q-tip. Amazing! I will never buy any other eyeshadow." β€”rosannaaaa

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (available in nine shades).

    8. A Burt's Bees lip shimmer for those who just know any lipstick is going to be every shade of wrong before it even goes on. This is subtle, natural, but still *just* enough of a gleam to give you some credit.


    Plus, it'll soothe chapped lips with sunflower oil, vitamin E, and peppermint oil for all-day moisture!

    Promising review: "I love Burt's Bees products in general, but I especially love the lip colors. The caramel shade is a beautiful, warm color with just the right amount of sheen. I usually apply it in the morning and then after lunch and that is enough during the work day." β€”Angie

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98+ (available in 13 shades).

    More of a matte lover? Check out our top picks for the best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    9. A pack of Sephora Collection makeup tape, because this will help your skills *stick* by making straight lines a no-brainer when it comes to intimidating eyeliner (all while keeping both your hands free).


    Just put a small amount in the corner of your eye before drawing out your wing β€” it's hypoallergenic so it works on sensitive skin too!

    Promising review: "This is so amazing! This gives me the most perfect eye makeup and winged eyeliner EVER! I feel confident in my wings and eye makeup now. It doesn’t hurt to peel off, either." β€”Hremlinger

    Get it from Sephora for $6.

    10. A cult-fave L'OrΓ©al mascara that'll definitely be an inexpensive alternative to the many trial-and-errors you've been using. If over 1,000 people have found this to be the best clump-free, volumizing dupe to more expensive mascaras, there's a 99% it'll work for you too!

    The wavy bristle brush has over 200 bristles to catch each and every lash and hold the maximum amount of formula for a feathery, volumizing effect. Not to mention there's no flaking, smudging, or clumping. Good. Riddance. Did I mention its lasts all day?

    Promising review: "I love this mascara! I think it's the best one I've tried in probably forever. It holds my curl all day from an early application until more than 12 hours later when I remove it. It's very waterproof (the waterproof version, of course). I experience no flaking, no smudging, or irritation." β€”Jill S

    Get it from Amazon for $8.52 (available in eight shades).

    Check out why a BuzzFeed editor swears by this mascara!

    11. A Revlon eyeshadow kit with a primer, three combinable shades, and a top shimmer coat so achieving that fancy ~contouring~ look is already all laid out for you. Put down the Youtube tutorial and BREATHE.

    Promising review: "This is my overall favorite eye shadow and is the one that I've been purchasing and using daily for over a year. For everyday use the colors are perfect β€” it can be subtle or used for a great smoky eye. It's versatile, goes on easily, and doesn't clump or crease on me. This is my daily go-to." β€”A. D.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.54 (available in eight shade palettes).

    12. A Maybelline concealer for a quick way to correct any eyeliner smudges so you don't have to start all over. This little trick will save you both time and tears β€” not to mention your now sharp-looking wings make you look like a pro.

    AND it's a super easy to use concealer for more traditional things like acne β€” just point and dab.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite concealer of all time! I was originally using the Becca coverage concealing creme and spending $30+. I was then introduced to this concealer and have stopped using Becca! I have saved a lot of money and I still get the coverage I need! You do not need to apply a lot. I use this concealer everyday under my eyes and it has lasted me two months! I LOVE, LOVE!" β€”Stephanie Lopez-Sepulveda

    Get it from Amazon for $5.03+ (available in six shades).

    13. A popular eyelash curler, because this will pump up your lashes' volume and prevent clumping β€” all before you even put on mascara. Reviewers with short lashes swear by these, because they effectively lengthen without tugging or pulling!


    It's recommended to hold down the eyelash curler for three to five seconds, then pulse halfway down the lashes three times β€” one second per pulse.

    Promising review: "I have had many eyelash curlers over the years, at varying prices, but this is the best one ever! My last lash curler was twice the price and this is 1000 times better. The product is very well made and I love the rose gold. It will be my only one for the rest of my life." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.25+ (available in three colors).

    14. A Stila corrective primer with three serums that'll neutralize redness, conceal blemishes, energize skin tones, and brighten complexions β€” all before you have time to mess up. What do we want? RESULTS. How do we want it? In the simplest way possible, please.

    Wondering what the swirls are for? The green neutralizes redness and conceals pimples, lavender wakes tired skin up, and peach brightens complexions and helps to diminish sun spots.

    Promising review: "Suffering from a mild case of rosacia, I have been relying on this product since buying it. It tones down the red patches on my cheeks really well to help even out my skin tone before applying my foundation which then gives my overall look a more even, smooth canvas! Not only does it tone down and even out my skin tone, but it hydrates my skin just enough that my skin no longer feels so dry and does not leave it feeling greasy whatsoever. Since switching to this toner, I have not been able to put it down and will continue to use it!" β€”Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $36.

    15. A Smashbox triple tone lipstick so creating the seemingly difficult ombrΓ© look is right at your *fingertips*. No confusing tutorial necessary.


    Get it from Birchbox for $24 (available in three shades).

    And! Check out our top picks for the best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    16. A blending sponge for applying makeup a heck of a lot better than with your fingertips (hello smooth, even finish) so under-eye bags, zits, etc. can go *undercover* β€” and stay that way.


    They come in five different colors and two styles! You can try out the tri-purpose slanted sponge: its rounded side blots your whole face until fully blended, the flat edge contours, and the precision tip conquers any hard-to-reach areas. OR, go for the teardrop design that delivers a dewy application when you put on foundation, cream blush, or highlighter.

    Promising review: "This has been a great makeup sponge. I really had my doubts because I have always used the original Beauty Blender. However, this stands up to the test! It soaks up water when it is run under water. I am able to squeeze the excess water and use it damp. It blends my makeup beautifully!" β€”Donna Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in styles).

    17. A Shany eyeshadow primer, because smudging, fading, and creasing don't stand a chance against this waterproof formula. This means BUSINESS β€” and will make sure you get the super-pigmented look you wanted all darn day.


    And it's cruelty-free (and is also great for priming lips)!

    Promising review: "I love it! I am new to makeup so I was going on a whim on what to buy. This stuff is perfect! I have always had issues with my makeup staying on all day, but with this primer it does just that. It is so easy to apply and it spreads out so perfectly. It doesn't bunch up or get clumpy, it isn't sticky, and has no smell. Doesn't irritate my eyes at all, and I even use it on my lips under lipgloss tokeep my lips from feeling dry. It is a must-buy, and with the price you are getting some amazing stuff." β€”Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    18. A Fenty matte lipstick that'll make it easy for you to experiment with ~fun~ shades, thanks to its formula that's specifically designed to complement every skin tone. Is that Confident by Demi Lovato playing? It is.

    Plus its texture is super light, creamy, and stays PUT β€” you can forget about bleeding or feathering.

    Promising review: "So nice when a product lives up to the hype! And this one definitely does. I have not tried every single color (YET), but Griselda is a dark berry that is supposedly hard to produce, and its formula is perfection, so I’m sure the others are just as wonderful. I was AMAZED by the pigment the second it touched my lips. Wow. It goes on so beautifully, wears so beautifully, and I love it a lot! I can barely feel like I have anything on, but the pigment is stunning." β€”kaile

    Get it from Sephora for $18 (available in 14 shades).

    See why this won in our mid-price category for best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    19. A pack of Almay eraser stickers so you can sharpen rookie wings however messily applied (we've all been there). Just a swipe with these in the corner of your eyes and voilΓ : smudges are gone and your selfies await.


    Each cotton tip is saturated with oil-free makeup remover!

    Promising review: "These are amazing! I love these for a quick fix for winged eyeliner or eyeliner mistakes. It's not meant to remove all eye makeup, just tiny touchups. Throw them in your purse and go. They're worth the money for eyeliner lovers!" β€”ibsponger

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $4.97.

    20. A Tarte color-correcting palette for evening discolorations, concealing acne, contouring, and brightening β€” all in one color wheel! Did I mention its numbered and comes with a guide? No mountain (of a pimple) is too high for this tool.


    The palette is even numbered and comes with a guide so even rookies can be a pro at color correcting.

    Promising review: "I'm ecstatic about this palette. The creamy colors are very easy to blend out. The shades are mixable and user-friendly with the handy guides. They all worked for me and I will use this daily! I'm glowing today!" β€”Daspen

    Get it from Tarte for $18 (originally $45).

    21. A L'OrΓ©al foundation, because this bb boasts ~40 shades~ β€” making it pretty darn plausible you'll find a shade that matches your complexion. Aka you're finally done trying to find The One. So happy for you two!

    Plus! Vitamins A and C, wheat germ, and grape extract keep your skin nourished, healthy, and radiant every single day. Not to mention this is SUPER blendable and will never clog your pores. AND SPF 19?! I need a moment.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this foundation. Honestly, I would have to say that this is the best kind I've ever used. I have sensitive skin with a combination between dry and oily. This foundation is very lightweight, and IMO, it is perfect for us who love a more natural appearance instead of cakey. Thank you L'Oreal for making it easier for African American women to find their perfect shade!" β€”Nubian Princess

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69+ (available in 40 shades).

    22. A hydrating highlighter stick that'll merely require you to *point* it in the right direction when it comes to bringing out those cheekbones. Its creamy formula makes creating a subtle sheen a literal two second process β€” aka very little time to panic.

    Free People

    And! It's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "The texture and look of this product are very soft and natural. It's perfect for daily life thanks to its moisturizing formula. And it smells so good!" β€” pollyfonika

    Get it from Free People for $18.50.

    23. A Lipstick Queen lipstick so you don't have to hunt down a shade that feels natural. This little stick of magic shifts into a fitting hue based on your lips' pH level, which is a heck of a lot easier than standing in front of the makeup counter for approximately 17 hours.

    Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for proof!

    Promising review: "I LOVE this lipstick. It goes on more like a balm (which I like, because you don't have to worry about how crisp your edges are) and it doesn't dry you out. If it starts to fade after a while you can freshen it up with lip balm. I only have to reapply the actual lipstick after about five to six hours. The color is perfect. It's pink, but not florescent pink." β€”April Schlauger

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in eight shades).

    And don't forget to check out our top picks for the best matte lipsticks on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    24. An E.l.f. makeup remover pen for erasing mistakes faster than you have time to cry about it β€” aka any and all smudging is gone STAT.


    Its non-greasy formula is super gentle even on sensitive skin, and even works on waterproof makeup!

    Promising review: "This is probably one of my favorite tools and a must-have in my makeup kit. I love it for cleaning up around eyes. It instantly takes care of that little spot of mascara and smudged eyeshadow." β€”LoriS_mua

    Get it from E.l.f. for $3.

    25. An LED magnified mirror, because this will help you get up and close and personal with that mascara wand. Plus it mimic natural light so there are no, um, surprises when you leave your house.


    Promising review: "I am very happy with this mirror. It makes it easy to see my eyes, and makes putting on eye makeup a breeze. The light is also really great. I highly recommend this mirror." β€”Redhead

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    26. An Urban Decay mascara primer that'll both prevent clumping and draw out your lashes to their fullest. Translation: It'll condition each lash so by the time you apply mascara, they're already thick and long.

    Tldr: primer makes your lashes even fuller than when you use mascara by itself. This one is even formulated with vitamin E to condition and strengthen your lashes!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I have short eyelashes and this makes them look long and full of volume! I highly recommend!!" β€”Makayla0525

    Get it from Sephora for $22.

    27. An Aesthetica contouring kit so you can master Kim-K-level contouring without her makeup artist's bill. This'll take you by the hand and give you step-by-step instructions on how to achieve professional-looking contouring on a budget.


    It comes with six blendable, silky creams, guided instructions, face shape diagrams, and a contour mapping guide! Insta-fame, here I come.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love Aesthetica Contour kits. This is the second time I’ve purchased the cream kit and I can’t say enough about it! At first, I had no idea how to contour, but this kit made it so easy!" β€”Shira

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    Watching "easy" YouTube tutorials like:

    Comedy Central

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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